Integrating social science into conservation planning

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Dublin Core

Title

Integrating social science into conservation planning

Description

A growing body of literature has highlighted the value of social science for conservation, yet the diverse approaches of the social sciences are still inconsistently incorporated in conservation initiatives. Building greater capacity for social science integration in conservation requires frameworks and case studies that provide concrete guidance and specific examples. To address this need, we have developed a framework aimed at expanding the role for social science in formal conservation planning processes. Our framework illustrates multiple ways in which social science research can contribute to four stages of such processes: 1) defining the problem and project team; 2) defining goals; 3) identifying impact pathways and designing interventions; and 4) developing and evaluating indicators of success (or failure). We then present a timely case study of wolf reintroduction in Colorado, U.S.A., to demonstrate the opportunities, challenges, and complexities of applying our framework in practice.

Creator

Niemieca, Rebecca M.
Gruby, Rebecca
Quartuch, Michael R.
Cavaliere, Christina T.
Teel, Tara L.
Crooks, Kevin
Salerno, Jonathan
Solomon, Jennifer N.
Jones, Kelly W.
Gavin, Michael
Lavoie, Anna
Stronza, Amanda
Meth, Leah
Enrici, Ash
Lanter, Katie
Browne, Christine
Proctor, Jonathan
Manfredo, Michael

Subject

Social science
Conservation planning
Wolf reintroduction
Adaptive management

Extent

9 pages

Date Created

2021-10

Type

Article

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Is Part Of

Biological Conservation

Collection

Citation

Niemieca, Rebecca M. et al., “Integrating social science into conservation planning,” CPW Digital Collections, accessed April 16, 2024, https://cpw.cvlcollections.org/items/show/242.